Topic: Cap and Trade
Utah GOP Convention is TomorrowPosted on May. 07, 10 | 01:00 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
Here's an interesting article in today's POLITICO about how Bennett's colleagues are fretting over the fact that he might lose. Included is this stark difference of opinion:
“He’s been extremely important — not only to me but to the conference, not only this year but in other years,” McConnell said Thursday. “He’s an incredibly effective member of the Senate who, when he speaks, everybody listens.”
[...]Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a spending hawk who has clashed with appropriators, said Bennett wasn’t just fighting for his political life because he’s an incumbent. Rather, it was because of his unapologetic earmarking ways.
“If you look at his record on spending, it’s not good,” Coburn said.
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Primary Night RoundupPosted on May. 05, 10 | 10:24 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
Toomey Hits 50% in New PollPosted on Apr. 14, 10 | 09:41 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
Utah Governor Blasts Bennett's Healthcare PlanPosted on Mar. 26, 10 | 09:15 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
That goes for a similar mandate in legislation that Utah Sen. Bob Bennett has proposed, Herbert said.
"It doesn't matter if it's proposed by a Republican or a Democrat. If it's unconstitutional, it's unconstitutional," Herbert said during his monthly news conference at KUED. "This overreach by the federal government ought to cause us all the heebie jeebies."
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New Poll: Strong Opposition to ObamaCarePosted on Mar. 15, 10 | 03:48 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
The survey shows astonishing intensity and sharp opposition to reform, far more than national polls reflect. For 82% of those surveyed, the heath-care bill is either the top or one of the top three issues for deciding whom to support for Congress next November. (That number goes to 88% among independent women.) Sixty percent want Congress to start from scratch on a bipartisan health-care reform proposal or stop working on it this year. Majorities say the legislation will make them and their loved ones (53%), the economy (54%) and the U.S. health-care system (55%) worse off—quite the trifecta.
Seven in 10 would vote against a House member who votes for the Senate health-care bill with its special interest provisions. That includes 45% of self-identified Democrats, 72% of independents and 88% of Republicans. Three in four disagree that the federal government should mandate that everyone buy a government-approved insurance plan (64% strongly so), and 81% say any reform should focus first on reducing costs. Three quarters agree that Americans have the right to choose not to participate in any health-care system or plan without a penalty or fine.
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FACT CHECK: Misleading Bennett Campaign Owes Utah an ApologyPosted on Mar. 11, 10 | 11:50 AM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Cap and Trade
The three claims at issue – made in both the Club’s television ad now running on Fox News in Utah and in other communications with Utah Republicans leading up to the March 23rd caucuses – are that Bennett "voted to bail out Wall Street, voted for billions in wasteful spending like Alaska's 'Bridge to Nowhere,’” and “even joined with liberals supporting big government healthcare.”
And as Sen. Bennett and his campaign know well, all three points are objective facts:
FACT: On October 1, 2008, Bennett voted in favor of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. (Vote #213)
FACT: On October 20, 2005, Bennett voted against an amendment that would have stripped funding for the notorious “Bridge to Nowhere” earmark in Alaska. (Vote #262)
FACT: On May 1, 2008, the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation wrote Senator Bennett about S. 334, his “Healthy Americans Act,” co-sponsored with seven Democrats including Ron Wyden (D-OR). According to the non-partisan analysis, Wyden-Bennett would raise taxes $400-$500 billion, mandate individuals to buy health insurance, and spend $1.3 to $1.4 trillion.
“Every claim the Club for Growth in has made in Utah is a documented fact,” said Club President Chris Chocola. “Bob Bennett owes an apology for his misleading campaign spin – not to the Club for Growth, but to the people of Utah. After all these years in Washington, the least Bob Bennett owes his state is an honest debate.”
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It's Official: Democrats to Use Nuclear OptionPosted on Mar. 03, 10 | 11:21 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
Harkin made the comments after a meeting in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office including Harkin and Sens. Baucus, Dodd, Durbin, Schumer and Murray.
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Club for Growth PAC Endorses Two More House CandidatesPosted on Feb. 09, 10 | 12:10 PM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Cap and Trade
"Mike Pompeo and Robin Smith are exactly what Washington and America need right now: honest, principled leaders who realize that big government is the problem, not the solution,” said Club President Chris Chocola.
“Mike Pompeo is running for Congress to bring real change to Washington,” Chocola said. “He is committed to the principles of limited government, economic freedom, and individual choice, and he will be a leader on these issues from day one.”
“Robin Smith is already a pro-growth conservative hero, an all-star ready to step up to the major leagues,” Chocola said. “She has been fighting for pro-growth principles for two decades, and has a proven record of taking on tax-and-spenders, even in her own party.”
Pompeo graduated first in his class from West Point before serving in the Army and getting his law degree from Harvard. He is now president of a successful oil equipment company in Wichita. Kansas’s 4th district seat is being vacated this year by U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Smith is a longtime conservative activist and has served as county and state party chair. As Tennessee GOP Chair in 2009, Smith stripped a prominent legislator’s “bona fide” party status after he cut a deal with Democrats to become speaker, preventing him from seeking re-election as a Republican. Tennessee’s 3rd district seat is being vacated this year by U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, who is running for governor.
Pompeo and Smith are the eighth and ninth candidates Club for Growth PAC has endorsed in the 2010 election cycle. They join Senators Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), Senate candidates Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.), and House candidates Kevin Calvey (OK-05), Tom Graves (GA-09), and Tim Huelskamp (KS-01).
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Fresh Off NY-23 Humiliation, Gingrich Gives Bennett “Kiss of Dede”Posted on Feb. 04, 10 | 04:00 PM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Cap and Trade
“Last fall, as conservatives around the country rallied to help Doug Hoffman in New York’s 23rd district special election, Newt Gingrich supported the ultra-liberal Dede Scozzafava, right up to the day she dropped out of the race and endorsed the liberal Democrat,” said Club President Chris Chocola. “Newt has proven time and again that he will support any Republican, regardless of policies and principles. That’s his right, but the Club for Growth PAC puts principles over party.”
“Newt was wrong about New York-23, and he’s wrong about Utah,” Chocola said. “And pretty soon, Bennett will wish Newt never gave him the kiss of Dede.”
The Club for Growth PAC announced last month that it opposes Sen. Bennett’s re-nomination for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate, citing the Utah Republican’s history of troubling votes on economic issues. Specifically:
· Bennett voted for TARP, the $750 billion Wall Street bailout;
· Bennett voted for the disgraceful “Bridge to Nowhere” earmark;
· Bennett refused to block funding for any further bailouts of auto manufacturers;
· Bennett voted against redirecting wasteful Defense earmarks toward improved health care for disabled veterans;
· Bennett voted against a resolution stating the Senate had a “moral obligation” to cut spending;
· Bennett’s health care proposal would impose an unconstitutional individual mandate, increase federal taxes and spending by hundreds of billions of dollars, and force Americans to pay their insurance premiums through the IRS.
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Club for Growth PAC’s Refund Campaign Costs Specter $600KPosted on Feb. 01, 10 | 12:47 PM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Cap and Trade
“I don’t think Senator Specter’s party switch is going exactly as he planned,” Club President Chris Chocola said. “This refund campaign has proven more successful than we could have hoped, blowing a $600,000 hole in Arlen Specter’s campaign, and we thank all the citizens who followed through on their refund requests who made it a success. Hopefully, this will send a message to all Washington politicians – there is a price to pay for putting your career ahead of your constituents.”
Chocola also noted that Specter would miss the money more than most candidates, as the political winds continue to turn against liberal Washington insiders like Specter. “Both the news of campaign finance report and polls show that Pennsylvanians are tiring of Arlen Specter’s self-serving style and big-government policies,” Chocola said. “Voters are looking for principled leadership, and in the Pennsylvania Senate race, they are finding it in Pat Toomey.”
In August, Club for Growth PAC received permission from the FEC to contact Specter’s contributors, notifying them of Specter’s promise to refund money contributed prior to his party switch. In late September, the PAC’s mailing went out to thousands of Specter contributors, including a pre-printed refund request letter along with instructions on how to request a refund.
News of the refund total was reported yesterday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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Wyden-Bennett vs ObamaCarePosted on Jan. 29, 10 | 11:39 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
Does it provide for criminal penalties and/or fines if someone fails to buy a government –mandated plan? ObamaCare – Yes. Bennett – Yes. (see Title I, Subtitle A, Section 102)
Does it give Washington Bureaucrats significant authority to regulate every American’s health plan? ObamaCare – Yes. Bennett – Yes. (see requirements and involvement of the Secretary throughout the bill, as well as massive involvement of IRS to administer the plan)
Does it force millions of Americans to change from existing health coverage, even if they like it? ObamaCare – Yes. Bennett – Yes.
Does it increase taxes on Americans? ObamaCare – Yes. Bennett – Yes.
Does it increase the cost of healthcare premiums? ObamaCare – Yes. Bennett – Yes.
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